Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Football Manager 09 Information

On November 14 2008, the newest version of the Football Manager series is set for release. This year the biggest addition to the game will be the option to view matches in a 3D engine. This is a giant step forward for the series and it will hopefully be a sign of great things to come.

Here is a list of the well known features that will be in the game:

• Improved development of youngsters. Wonderkids will play flamboyantly since very young age.

• Attributes of players will depend more of trainings.

• Distance running statistics for each player within every game will be available.

• In FM 09 B Teams will be distinct football clubs. But it is still unknown whether there be possible to load the first team players to B team.

• Stadiums will expanded between seasons which is more comfortable because it doesn't cause you loosing money when seats are not available during matches.

• Retired Squad Numbers - You can retire squad numbers after a number of years a players been at the club but the number was not revealed. Also any squad number retired in real life will be retired in the game ie Man City 23 in memory or Marc Viven Foe and West Ham number 6 for Bobby Moore.

• Inactive Team Improved - If you do not select a league any player in that league will now play the full season and the number of games will be correct in thier history instead of playing 10-15 games.

• Player Nationality Improved - Real Life Nationality Laws for different countries cahnged so they are correct with real life. ie A player can qualify for national citzenship after 2 seasons but cannot play for the national team for another 2 years instead of just being 4 years to become a national of the country they play in.

• Referee Watch - Pundits comment during the post game analysis on how refs proformed during the game.
• Pre Game injury history - Players injury history from real life is in the game where possible ie major injuries
• Ability to reject all loan offers - You can now reject all loans offers from different clubs for one player instead of rejecting them individual.

• TV View – Watch your matches in new full screen TV view and customise your match day screen with widgets to view the information you need as a football manager, be it player performance, match action zones, pitch radar, latest scores and many more.

• Assistant Manager Feedback – Pre-match and in-match feedback from your Assistant Manager on how the team is performing and your player’s motivation levels, as well as hints on how your tactics are working and how you could outwit the opposition’s tactics.

• Improved Media – SI have worked hard to reflect the greater impact the media has been having in recent years on the world of football, in the in-game dealings with the press. The game now features more news stories, more detail and greater media interaction than ever before, creating an even more realistic simulation of the football world.

• Press Conferences – Attend pre-match and post-match press conferences with local and national journalists and build up relationships with them over time, but choose your answers carefully because they could come back to haunt you in the media at a later date.

• Transfer System – Completely new and re-written transfer system code, providing an even more realistic simulation of real-life football transfers.

• Transfer Rumours – View the latest news on what players are being speculated on, and who’s said to be interested in securing their services.

• Board Confidence – Following on from its addition in Football Manager™ 2008, board confidence has been expanded and improved. In addition, the board will now also feedback to you on your squad harmony and the club’s stature in the football world.

• Preferred Moves – Train your players to learn ‘preferred moves’ to add to their game. For example, train central defenders to not dive into tackles, or wingers to do stepovers before crossing the ball.

• Female Manager – For the very first time you can now play as a female manager. All of the text in the game now also has a female gender so the game represents female managers and staff in the game in the correct gender.

• Realistic Finances – SI have listened to feedback from all of their researchers to try and model every single financial area of the game correctly for each country, including transfers, staff wages, budgets, ticket prices, season tickets, competition bonuses and club sponsorships.

• Updated Competitions – Fully updated for the new 2008/09 football season with all the latest league, club and player data, featuring over 5,000 playable clubs from over 50 countries, and around 350,000 players and staff from around the world, drawn fresh from the famous Sports Interactive database.

• Widescreen Support – As a result of usability testing on Football Manager™ 2008, this year sees widescreen support for the game for the first time, as well as lots of tweaks to the user interface for easier navigation.

Details about 3D Match Engine

- Players will be differentiated by skin colour, hair colour, weight and height.

- 3D view is only method of match representation. It will not influence on speed of match calculation.

- When goal is scored there will be several variants of goal celebration by team. There will not be individual goal celebration.

- Goalkeepers and their saves will have quite good animation because it's very important part of football game.

- There will be zoom in 3D mode but not very close one. Because SI Games doesn't implemented face textures for players.

- Detailed visualization of stadiums is not in the plans for FM 2009. It can be developed in future versions of the series.

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